Wed, 05 Mar 2014 13:15:00 GMT | By PTI

Zoe Saldana in talks to play Eartha Kitt in biopic

Actress Zoe Saldana is in early talks to portray legendary singer Eartha Kitt in an untitled biopic

Zoe Saldana in talks to play Eartha Kitt in biopic (© Reuters)

Los Angeles: 'Avatar' star Zoe Saldana is reportedly in talks to play the 'Santa Baby' hitmaker Eartha Kitt in an untitled film.

The 35-year-old actress is apparently set to portray the lead role in a biopic about the singer, who died at 81 from colon cancer in 2008, reported Ace Showbiz.

The movie is expected to depict Kitt's rise to fame and obstacles including the time when she suffered a substantial professional setback in 1960s. She opposed the war in Vietnam and reportedly made Lady Bird Johnson burst into tears with her criticisms during a White House luncheon.

The plan to bring Kitt's story to the big screen is still in early development. No director is announced for the project.

Saldana was last seen in 'Out of the Furnace' last year and will next play Gamora in 'Guardians of the Galaxy'. She has also landed a lead role in a Nina Simone biopic, 'Nina', and is set to reprise her role as princess Neytiri in 'Avatar 2'.

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